Team Cambridge Athlete "Pays It Forward"
During The Backland Sprint Triathlon, Lauren Green was on a mission to make it to the finish line and find herself victorious at the top of the podium. However, at mile 12 of the 15 mile bike course, as fate would have it, she became a hero of a different sort.
Out of nowhere, a vehicle came across the road and hit a fellow triathlete, knocking her off her bicycle and narrowly missing Lauren. Immediately, Lauren got off her bike and stayed by the athlete’s side as she recovered from the shock.
Once both athletes were okay, the two got back on their bikes, finished the remainder of the race and crossed the finish line together.
Nonetheless a great deed, a great story and yet another great example of a selfless Cambridge athlete "paying it forward." Well done, Lauren!
World Short Course Triathlon Championship
I went to race Nationals last year with the hope of qualifying for the World Short Course Triathlon Championships (Worlds). Really just to say that I made TEAM USA would have been enough, but when I finished Nationals and told my husband how I did he asked if this qualified me for anything. I hadn't even mentioned Worlds to him. His reaction, "Let's Go To Canada, Eh?"
Competing at Worlds my hope was to not finish last in my age group, and then maybe I thought I could place about midway in the group. We didn't have any age numbers on our calves so I had no idea how I was doing during the race. My smile as I crossed the finish line was because, at 53 I had just run my fastest 10K in a triathlon in my life, averaging 7:48 miles!
When I found out that I finished 8th in my age group I actually had tears in my eyes, never in a million years did I think a top 10 finish was possible. I have never been so proud as I was when I heard GO USA during the race! It is something I will never forget. I've raced triathlons for 30 years and this moment surpasses anything that I've ever experienced before! - Ginger Spansel.
World Championship Contender
April accomplished a feat few triathletes realize; earning a coveted spot at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. For the first time in World Triathlon Corporation history, this race will be held outside of the United States; it will be held on September 7 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
Just two years ago, April was only walking with the aid of a walker after a cycling accident broke her hip. Through the hard work, determination and the support of her family, friends and Team Cambridge, April persevered to get back to the top of the amateur sport. In 2013, April completed this same 70.3 race in Galveston in addition to Ironman Texas (140.6) in the Woodlands.
Between now and the World Championships, April will also compete again in Ironman Texas in The Woodlands on May 17th.
Team Cambridge’s Justin Meaders Helps Others, Receives Honor
DALLAS, Texas - Team Cambridge Triathlon Racing team member Justin Meaders is currently being featured in a national television commercial for 5-hour Energy Drinks.
Justin was selected as an “amazing person” by the drink company’s Foundation for inspiring and teaching others who have physical challenges to do their best. Justin is working towards a Commercial Pilot’ss License and a Certified Flight Instructor rating.
He shares his passion for flying, athletics and triathlon racing with others, especially children, and builds adaptive sports equipment for kids with disabilities.
Justin received funding from the 5-hour Energy Helps Foundation to complete his flight training and to continue helping and inspiring others. We agree, Justin is an amazing person!
Cambridge Signs Lease At The Plaza at Preston Center
DALLAS, Texas - Cambridge Holdings, Inc. has leased 18,756 square feet of office space at The Plaza at Preston Center’s new five-story mixed-use building, which will now be known as The Cambridge Building.
Cambridge, a national developer, owner and manager of healthcare facilities, will occupy the entire top floor and half of the third floor of the building upon its completion in the spring of 2013. As the largest and building-name tenant, Cambridge will have upper-floor signage on three sides and top placement on the monument.
“We are delighted to join the Preston Center community as the largest tenant in the new Cambridge Building,” said Jean-Claude Saada, Cambridge chairman and CEO. “The vibrancy of the neighborhood and the walkable surroundings of the Plaza are complementary with our business activities. Our office space will reinforce the energy of the area and promote healthy habits and well being for our staff and visitors.”
The new Cambridge building is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2013. The ground floor will be devoted to retail tenants, including True Food Kitchen and Matthew Trent. The second floor will be the new home of the University Park public library, with the remaining floors dedicated to office space. A new parking garage will add 450 new parking spaces to the center.
Cambridge’s new office received the following press coverage (click names to view articles):
Dallas Business Journal
Park Cities People
Amputee Mom To Compete For World Title
by Doug Dunbar
By any account, Jennifer Clark is just like many other women. She is a wife, a mom, and a full time employee. What makes her different than most though is not only can she stand on her own two feet. She can also stand, on just one.
“There was a good seven months I wasn’t walking, so it was pretty hard,” says Jennifer. “Taking care of the baby at the time, and a five year old.”...
...Now three years after her decision to amputate her left leg, Jennifer has embraced her new life with a passion. Her husband left his construction job and became a certified prosthetic assistant to give his wife the best care possible. Now, it’s all he can do to keep up with her...
Click here for the full article as reported on Setpember 14th 2012 by Doug Dunbar CBS DFW News
Paratriathlon team added
by Debbie Fetterman
Sports Day DFW
Team Cambridge Triathlon Club announced this week that it will add a paratriathlon team to its club. Longtime challenged athlete Justin Meaders will serve as the coach. Meaders, a 35-year-old Paratriathlon World Championship qualifier from Keller, said the team hopes to make paratriathlon more mainstream and give it more exposure. “A lot of people don’t know there is such a thing,” he said. “The first question everyone asks me is: ‘How do you swim?’ It’s a good thing as far as awareness and growing the sport. Hopefully, it will help people who want to participate but don’t know how.”
Click here for the full article as reported on August 2nd 2012 by Debbie Fetterman in Sports Day DFW
Escape from Alcatraz Part II
by Debbie Fetterman
Sports Day DFW
Triathlon has filled the competitive void that former college swimmer Stephan Verdeyen felt after graduating from college in 2006. A few former swimming buddies encouraged him to give triathlon a try. He said he was hooked after his first sprint race in 2009...
...“I realized I needed competition,” said Humphrey, who is in the photo to the right... Triathlon became his replacement for baseball after watching Ironman Kona...
Click here for the full article as reported on June 9th 2012 by Debbie Fetterman in Sports Day DFW
Cain Center Triathlon draws hundreds
by Jeff Riggs
The Athens Review
Richie Conry, 28, of Garland, was the first to finish the Triathlon Saturday at Cain Center to be named first overall.
Conry is a professional physical trainer. He graduated from Berkner High School in Richardson, and in 2006, graduated from Texas A&M University with a major in Spanish.
Conry, who won on his first Triathlon effort in Athens, had good things to say about the event.
“I have a bunch of friends who have done it here,” he said. “It really felt good, this early in the season. It was a good start.”
Conry reported his overall time at 58 minutes and 12 seconds. That included swimming at 4:23, biking at 33:38 and running at 19:12.
Conry said exercise is “second nature” to him. He has a sports background in ice hockey and baseball, and exercises relentlessly.
Conry once also had the overall win at the Tri-Rock in Rockwall. He has amassed other wins in several other cities, earning second places in Triathons in Dallas and Plano. He is also a member of Team Cambridge in Dallas, a group that runs and swims together regularly.
“I’ve always been big in exercise and nutrition,” he said. “The run was a little challenging, having a small climb to start it off, but it was good in the beginning.”
With Conry at the Triathlon were his wife Jillian, and his cousin, Stephanie, who lives in Athens, and her husband Scott Shelton, along with their children, Macy, Lincoln and Karis.
Conry was one of hundreds who attempted a grueling course, including swimming up and down each lane, back and forth in the Cain Center pool. The total distance in this part was 300 meters.
Click here for the full article as reported on March 26th 2012 by Jeff Riggs in the Athens Daily Review
International triathlon publication 3/GO Magazine followed Lance Armstrong to Panama, in his interview he reflects on his time spent with our Founder and General Manager Scott Eder, and how Scott influenced his teenage triathlete years.
Armstrong traveled to Panama as a celebrity, creating media buzz and finding himself the center of attention with the locals and the age-groupers. In some ways, it wasn’t that different from his first major international triathlon, in St. Croix, 24 years ago. Then, as a teenager, he was chaperoned by Scott Eder, who Armstrong said was “a sort of coach meets agent meets big brother.”
Eder told me about that time in Armstrong’s life: “Lance was gregarious, very cocky, very crazy. He was 16, but he thought he was an adult, and he was mature for his age. He wanted to do the adult things, though, and if they were having a party, and there was alcohol, he wanted to get in the back door.”
As for Armstrong, he said this about his first taste of big-time triathlon: “I was pretty stoked that I had sponsorship and was able to see the world and win prize money. I also knew it was a big help to my mom because money was tight, and I was earning enough to pay for all my stuff—plus some.”
Eder added: “Lance was in over his head at St. Croix, though he did well on the swim and bike legs.” Armstrong was indeed strong on the 2-mile ocean swim, and near-60-mile cycling loop that contained St. Croix’s infamously steep climb, The Beast. But it was tri superstars Mark Allen and Mike Pigg who finished 1-2 that day.
When I asked Allen about the teenage Armstrong, he said: “He was fairly brash. He just said what he was gonna do, and he did it—not like a lot of guys who say stuff but don’t do it. He would create this ripple wherever he went. There was always so much energy around him.”
Click here to read the full article as featured in the May 2012 issue of 3GO Triathlon at 3gomagazine.com
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